In brief, mastering is the preparation of your final music mixes (either in stereo or multi-channel) for distribution as a CD, a vinyl record, MP3, iTunes and other electronic music distribution mediums, or DVD.
All mastering here at the BitFarm is done with a unique hybrid blend of analog and digital processing. That workflow creates a beautiful natural-sounding final product.
The mastering process starts with a critical listening pass through your music, then tracks are laid out in the sequence you provide to us. Careful processing like EQ, multi-band compression, stereo image enhancement and limiting are added to each song, bringing a cohesive and consistent overall tone and volume level to your mixes. Next, the fade-in and fade-out of each song is carefully addressed and the timing between each song gets decided. Finally, the track IDs or PQ codes get assigned and metadata (artwork, album/artist name. ISRC) is tagged to each song. Then those songs are exported as 24-bit files for electronic music delivery as well as 16-bit files DDP or CD-R.